It's no secret that Vancouver's Original Chinatown has been decaying for years. There are many closed storefronts and many of the buildings are in disrepair. We happened to be down there last week and came across this stunning mural, painted on the wall of a building
It has been here for a year or so but there are usually cars parked in front, but not today. It was a late Sunday afternoon so naturally I had to stop and show you this beauty. I could have cropped off the bottom but I didn't
It was originally a gas station that must have closed 20 years ago, and we are only across the street from the main shopping area. We have had a great influx of Asians and most of them have made their home in Richmond, which is affectionately known as "Hongcouver" (Little Hong Kong)
I am a rarity. I was born in Vancouver and this was a bustling area full of activity when I was much younger. I even remember when this gas station was in operation. When I first met Mrs Skoot, their family home was less than 2 blocks from here, before their family was expropriated from their land to make room for a Fire Station, which was never built
DTES: DownTown East Side, which is the poorest Postal Code in Canada and where there is also lots of street people and drug activity .
I spent many years down here taking photographs of this area until it got too dangerous. I have thousands of B&W negatives in binders from our weekend walks. We (my friend and myself) used to spend hours walking miles and miles when I was able to walk great distances. I remember one time we were walking down an alley in the Strathcona Area and snapping photos of clothes lines, cats in windows or anything else of interest, pointing our cameras from the lane into the back yards of private residences. I belonged to 3 camera clubs and we needed to produce prints for judging. This particular day as we were walking down the lane, a police car entered from the opposite direction and started to come our way, stopped and rolled down his window
Police: "Oh, it's you two again"
Me: "Yes, I guess the guy in the window of that house (pointing), called you"
We had met before many times and he knew we were just harmless photographers, so we spoke for a while and we went our separate ways.
I have many other stories but the last time I was down there taking photos was about 10 years ago. I was walking down the hill across the street from the Cenotaph on Cambie Street near Hastings. I saw something shiny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up . . . it was a single bullet, must have fallen out of someone's pocket.
Cost of being in the Cool-Aide Club:
I bought my R1200R last September and was getting it ready for a trip this Summer. I have some more farkles to source but the first priority was to get all the maintenance completed. I installed new Michelin Pilot Road 2 tires and had the Oil & Filter changed. Then I was reading about ABS pump failures due to dirty brake fluid so I had the brake system flushed. Then I decided do the rear drive oil change and spline lube
Wouldn't you know, Castrol makes special synthetic differential oil SAF-AO for BMW and it's not available anywhere else except at a BMW dealership. Plus they recommend that you replace the telelever bolt each time you remove it, plus all crush washers
So one Saturday a few weeks ago, when my dealer had an Open House (Ducati day) I went down to pick up all this stuff and they had to order the crush washers from Alberta and I had to come back the next week to pick them up. I can't believe they would run out of these small parts and not have any on their shelf.
Then I was reading about what to use to lubricate the final drive splines. It turns out that no one uses the BMW recommended stuff, the best seems to be Honda Moly 60 so off to the Honda dealer and it had to be special ordered too. Eventually I received all the stuff I needed
There you have it, you're looking at just over $100. with taxes for what you see here